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Donald "Don" J Burmeister

September 16, 1949 June 27, 2019
Donald "Don" J Burmeister
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Obituary for Donald "Don" J Burmeister

Donald “Don” J. Burmeister, age 69, of Faribault, died Thursday, June 27, 2019, unexpectantly at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis.

Please join us for food, refreshments and sharing of memories at Moose Lodge, Faribault, 1810 4th St NW, Faribault, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2019. A time of sharing will be at 7 p.m.

Arrangements are being completed by the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.

Donald “Don” Burmeister, the son of James and Gloria (Brandenburg) Burmeister was born on September 16, 1949, in Faribault. Don graduated from Faribault Senior High School and he attended the University of Wisconsin – Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Don worked for over 38 years at Crown, Cork & Seal of Faribault; offered handyman services and recently was employed with Northfield Lines.

Don was not the kind of guy that sat around and did nothing. He wouldn’t think much of you either, if you sat around. He was respected and revered because of his work ethic and how he’d do for others at no reward for himself. He was a good man. He was kind and giving. He’d always go the extra mile. He loved helping others, especially any event for kids. He organized New Year’s Eve parties at the Community Center for kids, President’s Day ski trips, softball teams for the Shieldsville area and with the assistance of amazing people, they coached and gave time and money for scholarships for those that couldn’t afford it. No kid was left out from playing.

Don had a gift of bringing people together. Potlucks, fish fry’s, and a free Thanksgiving dinner at the Shieldsville Store. He even organized folks to fill Easter Eggs for the hunt. He loved to socialize and do good besides.

When Don was younger, he was a volunteer scuba diver for Rice County for 15 years. A difficult job that put him in the position of search and rescue. This often had him out helping with a vehicle that went through the ice and finding someone’s loved one that had drowned.

Don would not shy away from work of any kind. Even work he may not be familiar with, he’d give it a try and if you mentioned you had any project to work on, Don was the first to offer a hand. More often than not, he’d not expect a dime in exchange…he was happy with a good meal or a pat on the back and a thank you.

Don enjoyed traveling, especially loved his Honda Gold Wing and made several cross country trips on it. He loved to tell you about his excursions and experiences. He had a gift for gab and enjoyed being around people. He was his happiest when around family and friends and was always the first to offer to host a holiday and did it in a big way. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; four children, Jason (and Jennifer) Burmeister, Jodee (and Shane) Kraft of Montgomery, Davin Embretson of Wadena and Noah (Sara Brody) Embretson of Faribault; seven grandchildren, Taren (and Breanna) Kraft, Tanner Kraft, Treyton Kraft, Devin Burmeister, Isaac Cornell, Aricin Embretson, Owen Eul and Nevada Embretson; three great grandchildren, Presley Fatland, Adilyn Kraft and Kaeden Kraft; three siblings, David (and Cynthia) Burmeister of Waukesha WI, Diane (and John) Flom of Faribault and Debbie Burmeister of Faribault; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Jeremy Embretson.

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Celebration of Life




3:00 PM 7/1/2019 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/1/2019 8:00:00 PM
Faribault Moose Lodge

Faribault, mn 55021

A time of sharing will be held at 7 p.m.

Faribault Moose Lodge
1810 NW FOURTH ST Faribault 55021 mn
United States

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